Great story from Michael Diamond of the Asbury Park Press about central NJ technology companies that recruit high school students as interns in the hope that they will return to the area after college to launch their careers.
Tired of watching highly skilled talent flee for high-tech hot spots, Commvault Systems Inc. has begun to recruit students from local high schools. It is offering them paid internships, challenging work and a $2,500 college scholarship – not to mention ping-pong, Foosball and a pool table in the office.
Executives hope the students will remember them when they begin their careers.
…students like Cynthia Guo, who graduated last spring from High Technology High School in Middletown and then spent the summer at Commvault working on a microdata management program alongside professional coders.
Guo, 18, of Marlboro, said her nerves were quickly put to rest by colleagues who were approachable and patient. She developed confidence that will come in handy. She recently started her first year at Harvard University in Cambridge, Massachusetts, where she plans to study computer science, applied mathematics and, perhaps, economics.